Avenfield Reference: Nawaz denies of having business affiliations with Qatari family

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif resumed recording his statement in the Avenfield properties reference against the Sharif family and claimed that he  wasn’t involved in any business dealings with the Qatari family.

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The Avenfield reference, pertaining to the Sharif family’s London properties, is among three filed against Sharif family by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) last year on the  orders of Supreme Court.

Nawaz alongside his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar are appearing before Accountability Judge Muhammad Bashir today.

Nawaz Sharif recorded his statement in Avenfield reference against Sharif family before the Accountability Court.

Nawaz while he was summoned in the rostum, said that he had objected the formation of the then Joint Investigation Team(JIT), which was constituted on the orders of Supreme Court of Pakistan, saying he had expressed reservations on few members adding that some of them were affiliated with different political parties.

Nawaz is replying to the questionnaires given by the Accountability Court.

On Monday, Nawaz replied to 57 questions out of 128.

An accountability court has sought responses to 127 questions from Nawaz Sharif in the Avenfield Properties reference, sources informed Newsone

The questionnaire, which was handed over to the accused on May 17 and a copy of which was obtained by Newsone, inquires Nawaz about the statements of each witness presented by his counsel.

The document also includes questions as to why the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) that probed the Panama Leaks case was formed, all the evidence presented to the court, and letters from other countries.

Included in the questionnaire are queries about the establishment of Gulf Steel Mills and the debts and liabilities of the entity. The court has sent for a response to how Nawaz’s children became the director and shareholder of the Hudaibiya Paper Mills.

Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, while recording his statement in the Avenfield reference before the accountability court in Islamabad on Monday, denied ownership of the London properties and told the court that he had not been privy to any transactions for the acquisition of the properties.

The ousted prime minister, his daughter Maryam Nawaz, and son-in-law retired Captain Muhammad Safdar, have been asked to record final statements in their defence under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code and to produce, on record, anything contradicting the statements of the 19 prosecution witnesses in the case.

Nawaz’s statement is a response to a questionnaire comprising 128 questions, which was handed to his lawyer by the accountability judge on May 16. According to the questionnaire, the court has asked Nawaz if he was the benami owner of Nescoll and Nielsen, the two offshore companies that were shown as having ownership of the Avenfield flats.

 

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